Last reviewed: 30 June 2021


How to do keyword research

Follow these guidelines to create a list of relevant keywords that you can use in your content.

1. Create a ‘SEO monitor’ account

Go to and create a free account. This will let you do 5 free searches a day and download a spreadsheet (CSV file) of relevant keywords.

2. Search for your topic

Set Google Market to UK. Then type in a word, or words, to do with the topic you want to write about.

3. Download the results

The next page of search results will give information relating to how people search around that topic. Select the ‘Download CSV’ link.

Screenshot of Topics by SEO monitor an online SEO keyword tool.
An example of what the Topics by SEOmonitor search results will look like.

4. Create a shortlist of keywords

Use the CSV file to create a shortlist. You can do this by filtering the relevance and search volume columns. Choose keywords with a ‘relevance’ of 3, 4 and 5 that also have a high search volume compared to the other keywords in the list. Copy your shortlist into another tab on your spreadsheet.

Screenshot of a spreadsheet downloaded from SEO monitor.
An example of a keyword spreadsheet downloaded from Topics by SEOmonitor. The ‘Search Volume’ and ‘Relevance’ columns have been circled.

How to add more keywords

To add more keywords, either start from the beginning with a different keyword or go back to the existing SEOmonitor list and ‘analyse the topic' of your chosen keyword. This will generate an additional list of keywords based on the keyword you’ve chosen. Copy the results into your shortlist.

Screenshot of an SEO monitor dialogue box showing how to add more keywords.
An image showing how you can generate an additional list of keywords based on a keyword in the list the Topics by SEOmonitor provides.

How to narrow down the list

You might end up with a long list of keywords. Try narrowing this down to 10-15 keywords. You can do this by:

  • removing any duplicate keywords
  • removing any keywords that do not feel relevant
  • removing any words that include competitor brands
  • moving keywords with the highest search volume and year on year (YoY) traffic to the top of the list

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